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The figure in this work is shown clapping while music or dance is performed. Around the base are ancient Egyptian deities in silver and hieroglyphic inscriptions taken from a 'Harpist's Song' found on the walls of ancient Egyptian tombs. Ford researched his Egyptian symbols carefully. His style reflects a fascination many 19th-century Europeans had with Egypt. British occupation in 1882 over control of the Suez Canal, European surveys of the archaeology of ancient Egypt and new railways and steamships, allowed Europeans greater access to Egypt and its culture.

Credit: Presented by Mrs Teresa Fairchild in appreciation of her great-uncle Mr Clinton Thomas Dent, MC, FRCS, who commissioned this work 2008

Bronze, silver, enamel and semi-precious stones
670.0 x 250.0 x 390.0 mm
Image and text © Tate Britain, 2022

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